Donald James Williams

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MY BLOG:

Throughout this semester, I have gained a deeper appreciation for senior citizens; I have become more aware of senior citizens in the community, and the issues they face. I enjoyed my time working with them, and hope my stories can make life better for them.
I toughly enjoyed the story I wrote on seniors seeking employment. While I worked on this story, I realized how big of an issue this is. The day of retirement at the age of 65 is almost over in this country, and seniors now need to work to survive. As one senior told me, “I need to work to survive.” Social Security does not seem to cover enough of the expenses of today’s seniors.I hope that this story will provide seniors with the resources they need to obtain employment. There are numerous resources available to them, and as I worked on this story I learned that companies actually want to hire seniors. Frank Sano, of LDS Employment Services told me that “Employers are realizing that old can be good,”
I am grateful that I was able to write this and my other stories, and hope that the aging community in Salt Lake City will read them and find them helpful.
I feel that a journalist’s role is to inform the community, which is something that I have enjoyed doing this semester.

Karen Henderson, director of the Golden Years senior center in Bountiful told me: “seniors have lived around here for years and didn’t know this many things went on around here.” I hope that because of my stories seniors will now know what’s going on, where they can go to have fun and how technology can help them. I thoroughly enjoyed this semester, and am grateful I could help members of the community.
Karen Henderson, director of the Golden Years senior center in Bountiful told me: “seniors have lived around here for years and didn’t know this many things went on around here.” I hope that through my stories seniors will now know what’s going on, where they can go to have fun and how technology can help them. I thoroughly enjoyed this semester, and am grateful I could help members of the community.

ABOUT ME:

Having grown up and lived in Utah for all but a few years of my life, I have come to love this state and this university. I remember coming to sporting events here when I was a little kid, and dreaming of the opportunity to one day attend classes here. I now get to live my dream, and am double majoring in two subjects that I love: Political Science and Mass Communications.
During the spring of 2009, I had the privilege to intern at the state capitol with Representatives Carl Wimmer and Don Ipson. This internship provided me with an in-depth look at how the political system in Utah works, and my representatives taught me how to get things done. I enjoyed the feelings I had at the end of every day knowing that what I had helped accomplish that day, made life better for others. This experience changed my opinion of state government, and gave me a deep appreciation for everything state politicians do for the citizens of Utah.
I really got involved in Mass communications through a job shadow I had during ninth grade with Tom Kirkland with KSL Television. This experience left a lasting impression on me, and gave me the desire to become a broadcast journalist myself.
I view journalists as public servants, whose job is to inform the public. I look forward to utilizing both my degrees, and continuing to serve the community through the stories I write.